Welcome to what should serve as a positive and exciting experience for your student athlete. We, the athletic staff of Lancaster Christian Academy, in conjunction with the Knights Athletic Association, have put together an athletic handbook for you in the hopes of helping you to better understand the program with which your child is involved. Our goal is to produce Godly student-athletes first and good athletes second, as sports is an excellent tool for teaching fundamental and important life skills. This handbook is a look into what the Lancaster Christian Academy deems to be the important facets of our Knights Athletic program. Athletics should be a positive, memorable experience for all involved. Coaches’ goals are to provide players the opportunity to be the best athlete they can be. We intend to teach the respective sport, instill discipline, encourage classroom success, prepare players through weight training and off-season conditioning, and build UNITY through hard work and commitment to a common goal of a successful athletic program. In order to be successful, everyone involved should realize that a positive attitude is a must. Very few things in life worthwhile come easily. Hard times require a positive outlook and attitude to continue striving to improve. Our motto revolves around everyone making a great effort to get better every day for the good of the TEAM. Anathlete’s level of improvement is directly related to the amount of effort put forth in each activity the team undertakes. We, as coaches, expect players to give great effort in everything we instruct players to do. While expecting great effort from players, coaches expect great effort from each other as well. It would be unfair for the coaches to expect more of a player than the coach is willing to give themselves. In order for all to understand their role, everyone involved should realize the concept of "Team Before Self". Coaches will show a genuine interest in the well- being and concerns of each player as an individual, however; coaches, players, parents and administrators cannot put their interests before the teams’ best interest. As coaches, we will emphasize the importance of player accountability. It is expected that players will be individually responsible for their actions and day-to-day choices. Everyone should remember, "Being apart of the Knights Athletics is a privilege, not a right". There is no room for special privileges on a team. Everyone is expected to abide by the same standards and serve the same punishment when they do not. In the event an individual player becomes a hindrance to the teams’ goals, that player will be removed. The Lancaster Christian Knights Athletic Program demands a lot of time from our student-athletes and we do not tolerate absences or lateness for our practices, games or other scheduled events. There is a lot to learn in a relatively short amount of time so good attendance helps both the player and the team. We need you to support us in this effort and make sure that your son is available for the scheduled practices, games and other events such as teambuilding and fundraising. Thank you for allowing your child to be a part of our program. Together we will have a lot of fun while working hard towards our goals. God Bless, Athletic Director - Joey O’dea
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